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Posts tagged ‘separation of church and state’

 

School in New Mexico Removes Religious Mural

The Webster Parish School Board in Louisiana announced that it plans to adopt a new policy concerning religious expression in public schools.

November 21st, 2017

A public school in Clovis, New Mexico recently painted over a mural that featured a biblical quote. The mural, which was displayed in a public school hallway, displayed an anchor, a dove, and religious scripture. The scripture was Hebrews 6;19 which reads “Hope anchors the soul.” Since 2013, the mural had been displayed in the Read More


Montana Department of Revenue Challenges Tax Program

The Montana Department of Revenue is fighting a program whereby public money is used to pay for the education of students in religious schools.

November 15th, 2017

  The Montana Department of Revenue has announced that it will continue to fight against a court ruling that money from a tax credit program can benefit religious schools. The most recent action in this case is that the Montana Department of Revenue has filed an appeal with the Montana Supreme Court. In 2015, a Read More


Religious Icons in Public Institutions

A private religious school in Texas is arguing that it is exempt from anti-discrimination laws after a student was subjected to racist bullying.

October 4th, 2017

  East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, recently announced that it would remove religious icons from its chapel. The university’s president, however, announced that she would first receive feedback from faculty, community members, and students. The president of East Central University went so far as to express regret on making the decision too quickly without Read More


Elementary School Principal Falls Under “Ministerial Exception”

The Montana Department of Revenue is fighting a program whereby public money is used to pay for the education of students in religious schools.

September 1st, 2017

The Second District Court of Appeals recently ruled that a Roman Catholic elementary school principal is unable to pursue a sex bias and retaliation case against the Archdiocese of New York because the principal  is barred by a “ministerial exception.” The Facts of the Case The case involved St. Anthony’s School, which is located in Read More


Parents Sue San Diego School Over Protections Offered to Muslim Students

Muslim students are in the political cross-hairs over an anti-bullying policy.

July 27th, 2017

  Several parents have initiated a lawsuit against a San Diego school district on the basis that an anti-Islamophobia campaign by the school promotes and protects Islam over other religions. Legal counsel for the parents has claimed that this promotion is a “solution looking for a problem.” The campaign in question involves placing Islamic holidays Read More


Religion in Schools: The Role of School Officials and Religious Events

A high school in Ohio discontinued its practice of school prayer before sporting events after receiving a cease and desist letter, but now another group is suing to have the practice re-instated.

March 2nd, 2017

  The Biloxi School District in Biloxi, Mississippi has attempted to make changes in response to a complaint that was made by a national freedom-from-religion advocacy group regarding religion in schools. This change was made to help ensure that school officials do not participate in or promote religious events. How the Case Began Freedom from Read More


Separation of Church and State: Where Exactly is the Line?

Statue of Moses bearing the 10 Commandments in a courtroom.

August 2nd, 2016

The First Amendment of the United States constitution effectively gave us the separation of church and state that we know today. The First Amendment contains two cornerstone clauses by which the founding fathers emphasized this separation. The Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause prevent Congress from prohibiting the exercise or the regulation of religion. Read More


State Religion: An Amendment Away?

American flag waving in the wind

April 20th, 2016

In order to fully understand the precarious nature of a situation, it is sometimes necessary to step back and view it from another perspective. In the context of constitutionally protected religious freedom in the United States, this perspective can be obtained by looking to other countries around the world. A recent development in Bangladesh’s constitutional Read More


Violence and Religion: Inextricably Entwined?

American flag waving in the wind

December 21st, 2015

With the recent tragedy in Oregon, Americans are reminded yet again of the dangerous power of religious conviction. News reports of the incident informed us that the shooter allegedly linked his killings to whether the victims were Christian. This and other incidents around the world lead many to believe that violence and religion are different Read More


Separation of Church and State: Is the Wall Cracking?

separation of church and state

May 29th, 2015

The U.S. Constitution does not expressly mandate the “separation of church and state,” much to the surprise of many Americans. In fact, the clauses that reference religion in the Constitution are fairly silent as to any sort of separate religious and secular government functions. What the document does say, is that “no religious test” shall Read More